Now Hiring: Research Assistant/Junior Business Development Officer

I’m looking to hire a research assistant to work with me on specific projects. The role will involve online research and building and maintaining a number of databases, with a view to expanding the role into business development tasks. One fifth of work time is spent on projects with a ¬†social good focus. People¬†traditionally marginalized from participating in employment in the tech industry are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Platformable Research Assistant/Junior Business Development Officer will help complete projects analysing various tech markets. The work involves internet-based research, analysing tech startups and their product offerings in three particular markets, and adding details to databases. The assistant will be encouraged to help identify business opportunities throughout this process. Applicants should be comfortable with conducting internet-based research and show some creativity in identifying possible sources of information. A range of statistical and analytical tools will also be supplied which need to be added to existing databases. (Training in using the tools will be provided.)

The role will be for up to three months, at 8-10 Euro per hour, for 25-30 hours per week, depending on experience and skill-set. This is an ideal role for someone recently completing a business education or internship, with an interest in business development, research, content marketing and tech startups. Applicants with experience in working in more traditional policy and research positions looking to transition to a tech role are also encouraged to apply.

The research assistant will work remotely for most of the project time, with weekly onsite planning and training sessions provided in Poble Sec.

One-fifth of project work time will be spent on projects with a social good value, particularly looking at civic technologies that have the capacity to reduce inequality.

Applicants will need to have paperwork to demonstrate they can work as a freelance project worker (i.e. you are registered as an autonomo in Spain or have a freelance business that can invoice me each month).


  • Conduct internet research to identify key tech companies within specific markets (IoT, banking and fintech, civic technology, API)
  • Create and manage databases for market information on key tech companies
  • Identify and support use of a range of business intelligence techniques and tools
  • Assist with management of website and social media content
  • Identify business growth opportunities based on data collection and assist with creating proposals and mapping new project opportunities


  • Comfortable using a range of SaaS tools and learning new SaaS tools as required including Google Sheets, Airtable, Curio, and business intelligence tools
  • Ability to analyse and summarise information, identify value propositions and unique product offerings, and map patterns and trends
  • Good writing and excellent reading comprehension
  • Experience with research projects
  • Comfortable with maintaining communication via Slack and Google Hangouts


  • Quick learning ability
  • Teamwork
  • Self-motivated and able to work to deadlines
  • Customer focus
  • Creative problem solving


  • Some business or policy education would be preferable
  • Experience in working with a startup or in the tech industry is desired, but not essential
  • People looking to transition from roles in more traditional research and policy positions are encouraged to apply
  • People who are traditionally marginalized from participating in the tech industry are strongly encouraged to apply


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